The city of Valenica, is Spain’s 3rd largest, boasting history, culture, restaurants, and architecture. The city’s port is the Mediterranean’s busiest and Europe’s 5th largest.
This beach to the south of the city and the port area, is on the 20km narrow stretch of sand extending from the Rio Guadalaviar or the Playa Canina de Pinedo area.
The nudist section is just that; a section about 700m of this very long beach in the heart of the La Albufera Natural Park, between the small villages of el Saler and Les Gavines. The beach is somewhat isolated and is generally free of the casual observer types. However, there are textile areas on both ends of the nudist section.
The beach can get busy and can be popular especially on weekends, with a good nudist ethos, despite its isolation from the city. The crowd is a good mix of people, mainly locals who as with most nudist beaches have their own community. The beach although not official, has been a nudist beach ‘forever’.
The dunes and natural park behind the beach offer protection from the westerly winds. The beach is exposed to the winds coming from the Mediterranean, which can be very strong and uncomfortable at times. The park area offers the village protection from these on-shore winds, so it is possible to find the village being pleasant only to find the beach is very windy.
There is an EMT bus (number 25) servicing the area from the city that takes about 20 mins in the direction of Palmar. You should check the local bus timetables and routes as these do change from time to time.
The best bus stop for the beach is in the village of el Saler, walk (20 mins) through the national park to the beach and turn right until you reach the nudist area, just past the restaurant ‘Arroceria Duna’ and extends to the high rise of Les Gavines. There is plenty of parking should you wish to drive.
The sand fine and golden mixed with gravel and large stones at the water’s edge. There are no facilities, however, near the restaurant there are toilet facilities and during summer there is temporary shop offering drinks etc.
The outlook detracts somewhat from the beach due to the busy port and shipping in the area. The port and shipping may also effect the water quality, which can look less than appealing.
Why would I go: This is one of the only nudist beaches in the area and I need some beach time.
What I don’t like: This is just a stretch of beach where you can go nude and the beach is just that another stretch of sand with little appeal.